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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite hands-on review

We take a closer look at Samsung’s latest premium smartphone


The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is now in the Philippines. It’s made to bridge the gap between the midrange Galaxy A devices and the flagship Galaxy S and Note series.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, you’re getting the key features of the flagship Galaxy Note 10 family. However, there are compromises in some areas to achieve its cheaper price tag.

But is it the device for you? Read on to find out.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Specs

  • Android 10, One UI 2
  • Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O Display, 2400×1080 resolution, ~394ppi
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 10nm octa-core processor 64-bit
  • Mali-G76 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage, expandable up to 1TB via microSD up to 1TB
  • 32-megapixel front camera, f/2.2
  • 12-megapixel f/2.2 + 12-megapixel f/2.4 + 12-megapixel f/1.7 triple rear cameras
  • 3G, HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
  • AKG stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
  • USB Type-C
  • WiFi 802.11 ab/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BDS
  • Colors: Aura Red, Aura Glow, Aura Black
  • Dimensions: 76.1 x 163.7 x 8.7mm
  • Weight: 199g
  • 4,500 mAh non-removable battery


The design on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is a departure from the Galaxy Note 10. This is where Samsung cut corners to make the Lite version more affordable.

Upon first holding the device, you can immediately notice that it’s bulkier and heavier than the Galaxy Note 10. The Lite model weighs at 199g and is 8.7mm thick — versus the 168g and 7.9mm diameters on the former.


The Lite variant also has a flat-screen, while its flagship counterpart has a sleeker curved screen.

On the upside, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite has a substantially bigger 4,500mAh battery (versus 3,500) and a taller 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen. Samsung also kept the Infinity-O notch for the selfie camera.


The main design difference is seen on the back. It’s now in a square camera bump, just like what the Galaxy A71 has. The back panel is still made with curved glass for better ergonomics, although it’s not clear if it’s from the Corning Gorilla family.

No physical fingerprint scanner is found here as it’s embedded on the screen.


On the left, there’s a hybrid SIM tray that can house either two nano SIM cards, or sacrifice the other one for a microSD card (up to 1TB). On the other side, there’s the tactile lock/power button and volume controls.

The top is clean, while on the bottom we have the USB Type-C, the slot for the S-Pen, loudspeakers, and the 3.5mm headphone jack that Samsung omitted on the Galaxy Note 10.


The Galaxy Note 10 is known for its great Dynamic AMOLED screen. But since the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is the more affordable option, the screen was downgraded to Super AMOLED. — which is still a great performer nonetheless.

It offers vibrant colors and deep contrast. The large 6.7-inch size gives plenty of room to make playing games and watching movies more immersive.


The Full HD+ resolution also gives enough sharpness with great details. Clearly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite found its strength in the display department.

Moreover, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is powered by an Exynos 9810 processor. It might not be as powerful as the Exynos 9825 on the Note 10, but it’s still fairly impressive since it’s the same chip that powered the Galaxy Note 9.


Partnered with its Mali-G76 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of expandable storage, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite can give reliable and snappy performance — which isn’t surprising considering its price tag.

You can easily breeze through different basic apps, like social media and web browsing,without a hitch. It can also handle a lot of demanding games in the Play Store without breaking a sweat.


As stated earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite has triple-camera setup on the back. It consists of three 12-megapixel sensors. The first one has optical image stabilization (OIS) and a bright f/1.7 aperture. We also have the ultra-wide at f/2.2, and a telephoto shooter with OIS and f/2.4 aperture.

Meanwhile, we have a 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front. We’ll further examine the image quality we can get out of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite so stay tuned for that.

Another ‘big’ feature of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is its 4,500mAh, which can last you for an entire day or two of light to moderate use.

See also: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite vs Xiaomi Mi Note 10: Specs Comparison


The battery is partnered with a 25W fast charger. According to Samsung, a one-hour charge can already provide enough power that can last for an entire day. Let’s see how that claim holds up when we run our full test on this device.

Well, that’s it for now. Make sure you stay tuned as we’ll be publishing our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite in the coming days.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite has an official price of Php29,990 here in the Philippines. It will be available in Samsung stores this Valentine’s day, February 14, 2020. As a bonus, those who will get it until February 16 will take home a free JBL Go 2 speaker that’s valued at Php2,299.

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